A recent outdoors installation by artist Chris Larson recentlly caught my eye. Take a look at this talented artists work.
After choosing an abandoned site, the artist spent the winter in sub zero temperatures pouring thousands of gallons of water until the ice build up met his desire. For some one from the North like me with an interest in abandoned structures, urban decay, the outdoors and firing arms, the results are pretty spectacular.
“A recurring element throughout “Deep North” is the shotgun. What began as an interest in shotgun houses – small homes so-named because of how all the doors and hallways directly align – evolved into a literal use of the shotgun as a vehicle for creating art.
In “Deep North” the artist freezes life and action both literally and figuratively. Images of an ice-drenched shotgun house create a series of eerily serene tableaus. Sensual, abstract sculptures are revealed to be casts of actual gunshot blasts. An eight-minute film, entitled “Deep North” depicts a surreal, fantastical world, where bundled up characters repeatedly pass tubes of ice from one end of a shotgun house to the other.
Larson uses gunshot blasts to create artwork like traditional artists might use a paint brush or chisel. In “Deep North” he creates mixed-media sculptures, images and other artworks by literally shooting objects repeatedly and then capturing or reconstructing the aftermath. His works, created in such a violent fashion are disturbingly upbeat, serene and at times pastoral.”
He also has a very nice series of sculptures entirely based on gunshot. Check out more at the Burnet Gallery website.